The Canola Council of Canada Best Management Practices (BMPs) are a collection of information, recommendations and tips that are available through many resources, including the Canola Encyclopedia, Canola Watch and print resources. This document provides reference to some of these excellent resources, for each of the following crop production topics and subtopics.
1) Field preparations and considerations
- Crop rotation
- Herbicide residues
- Residual herbicides can affect the performance of a subsequent crop and put international markets at risk.
2) Seeding and stand establishment
- Seeding date and conditions
- Seeding early can help maximize yield and quality. See other seeding considerations
- Canola can germinate as low as 2-3°C, with increased risk of early insect infestations, seedling disease pressures, water ponding, soil crusting, frost damage, and slow emergence. Soil temperatures of 5°C or higher with warmer weather in the forecast are favourable for emergence. Learn more seeding specifics
- Considering re-seeding? Check this out to make an informed decision.
- Seed type (quality/characteristics)
- Maximizing stand establishment
3) Fertility management
- Understanding fertility and the ideal plan for your farm
4) Crop protection and integrated pest management
5) Harvest Management
- Accurately assessing the crop stage and waiting for 60% SCC is key, check out more tips in: Canola Swathing Guide (PDF)
- Straight Cutting